Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Museum Front 11-1a-P

©Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford was the first purpose-built public museum in the world, and is the oldest surviving public museum in Britain, officially opened in 1683. The project’s representative from the Ashmolean is Dr Giovanna Vitelli, Director of the University Engagement Programme (UEP) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Faculty of History

History Faculty

©Faculty of History, University of Oxford

The Faculty of History at the University of Oxford is a world-leading research centre comprising approximately 100 permanent teaching staff, 1200 undergraduates and 500 graduate students. Professor Howard Hotson, a specialist in early modern European intellectual history, is working with the project to develop digital materials for courses on the history of science.

History of Art Department

hoa plaque

©History of Art Department, University of Oxford

The History of Art Department, as part of the History Faculty, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its first appointed Professor, Edgar Wind, in 2015.  In 2001, the Department expanded to Littlegate House, St Ebbe’s, where it contains the working base for the Centre for Visual Studies, an interdisciplinary forum for the study of visual and material culture.

Museum of the History of Science


The original Old Ashmolean building on Broad Street now houses an extensive collection of early scientific instruments, which forms the Museum of the History of Science (MHS). The project is working the Director of the MHS, Dr Silke Ackermann, to digitise objects from this unique collection.

Oxford Internet Institute


Founded in 2001, the  Oxford Internet Institute (OII) acts as a research hub for the study of the internet and its social implications. The Principal Investigator (PI) of the Between Text and Object project, Dr Kathryn Eccles, is a Research Fellow at the OII, in addition to her role as Digital Humanities Champion for the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford. The project’s three Research Assistants, Erin Young, Sarah Griffin and Jamie Cameron, are also based at the OII.